I was rereading my post from yesterday where I expounded on how I was upset about my choice to spend $11 that I did not need to. I can easily see other people thinking "What is the big deal? It is only $11."
I agree--it is not a large sum of money. However, it was the first time in a long time that I truly regretted the financial choice I made. I chose laziness and convenience rather than frugality. The choice to purchase the pizza using the "great" coupon and filling up my gas tank using gas $0.05 more per gallon really bothered me even into the next day where I proceeded to rant about it to my colleagues. I was disappointed in my choices and it reflected in my attitude.
I have wasted large sums of money before. I spent over $1,000 on laser hair removal that was not a permanent solution. I graduated from college with credit card debt that remained many years afterward as I attended graduate school and had little money to pay down consumer debt. Looking back, I am not sure what I purchased to end up with ~$2,000 in credit card debt, but likely I had to have it at the time.
While I expound on my virtuous budget, I have used money from my savings account to cover my overages. These tend to be only a few dollars a month, but not always. But the decision I made that evening and ended up a blog posting really bothered me. While the sum is minor in the scheme of things, I understand I that have to improve my self-control and stop letting laziness dictate how passive I can be. It is easy to order a pizza. It takes more effort to decide on what to eat and then cook my own meal. Reasons to take the easy way out include: I forget to thaw the meat or don't realize I need an ingredient missing from my pantry or misjudge the amount of time needed to prepare the food. I strive to do better each day and each day I am more or less successful than the day before. The general trend is improving, but back sliding will happen. Hopefully, this recent mishap will motivate me to do better.